Our first jointly made Wholemeal loaf.
I came down to find Alan and Ken already doing the business in the kitchen. When Ken had finished his ten minutes of kneading I showed Alan how to knead by hand and then the bread was left to prove. As Alan was then busy in the office I was in charge of the next kneading and shaping and the final cooking. Between the two of us and Ken ... the Kenwood food mixer ... we turned out a bloody lovely tasting loaf of bread and a couple of buns.
Breakfast was toast, with the last of the marmalade scraped out of the jar for Alan and just dairy free spread for me. And then I got on with little jobs, washing the clothes, cleaning out henhouses ...
... checking Ethel was happy in her just made and finished in time field shelter.
Yes, she's in there. Snug as a sheep in a shelter :-)
With the opening facing away from the worst of the weather and happily towards the chickens so she can keep an eye on her new friends.
She has an indoor food trough, for her dried pellets ...
... and when it rains she will have a good supply of fresh Welsh rainwater.
In the meantime we are on bucket duty as usual.
Once the outdoor jobs were completed it was time to come inside to thaw myself out, have some soup for lunch and start prepping for tea.
On the menu tonight were Smothered Sausages, from this book.
Really simple, basically it's just sausages or sausage meat topped with mashed potato.
Gosh they were lovely.
But as they were so like a sausage-y Shepherds Pie I'm going to switch around the meals on the menu for the next two nights.
Later on for supper we had some Apple and Cinnamon Crumble with one of the jars of bottled apples in my little stash.
There was enough crumble mixture left over to save half for another night and my last jar of apple-y goodness.